Going on the road in conference play can at times be about the art of survival. For the Stanford men’s basketball team, survival was the… Continue Reading »
Call it a night of missed opportunities. The Stanford men’s basketball team struggled from the outset in its matchup against UCLA (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12) on Thursday, falling to the Bruins 91-74 in a disappointing performance that snapped a three-game conference win streak. It marked Stanford’s 16th loss in its last 17 games in Los Angeles against either UCLA or USC.
When opportunity comes a-knockin’, it’s usually best to open the door. The Stanford men’s basketball team finds itself on the verge of a breakthrough, winners of three straight conference games and possessors of some newfound confidence. The Cardinal (12-5, 3-2 Pac-12) will travel to UCLA (14-4, 3-2) and USC (9-9, 0-5) this week with a chance to extend that winning streak, and in the process, do something the team has never done during head coach Johnny Dawkins’ tenure on the Farm: win four straight conference games.
With the fans at Maples Pavilion warming up the atmosphere in preparation for top-ranked Arizona’s arrival in less than two weeks, junior guard Chasson Randle… Continue Reading »
In a year of great sports moments for Stanford athletes, Jason Collins’ announcement in April 2013 regarding his sexual orientation was tremendously courageous. One can only hope that Collins’ announcement leads to greater acceptance and tolerance of LGBT rights in the sports world.
For the first 16 minutes of the game, it looked like the same old Stanford men’s basketball team. A lesser opponent was hanging around with the Cardinal when it had no business doing so. With about four minutes left to play in the half and the score tied at 27, that all changed. The bench made contributions. The Cardinal didn’t allow any second-chance points. Turnovers were limited. The zone defense was tight. A 13-2 run to end the half ensued, and Stanford never looked back.
Before Stanford thrashed Washington State last night, I was up and ready to write an article about the “malaise” of the Stanford men’s basketball program. I was more than ready, in fact.
After scoring an upset win on Sunday against then-No. 17 Oregon, the Stanford men’s basketball team finds itself in an interesting position heading into its games against Washington State and Washington this week at home. With a sweep, the Cardinal could put itself not only back in the thick of the conference race, but also in the hunt for an NCAA tournament bid. With anything less, Stanford will put itself back in a hole.